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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Fall Cleanup, Bird Feeding and Fleas

Autumn leaves, the perfect camouflage for a tortie girl!
Autumn leaves, the perfect camouflage for a tortie girl!

SO WHAT DO THESE three topics have in common? It’s time to start cleaning up the excess in the yard, raking leaves and giving the grass that last cut of the season, and time to put out the winter feeders as the migrants settle into your area. By taking care of a few extra details with the first two, you can manage the third, fleas, much more easily through the dormant season and into next year. Don’t be fooled after that first frosty morning when all fleas seem to be gone—there may be no more adult fleas, but there are plenty of eggs tucked all over your yard just waiting for spring.

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Where Do Fleas Come From?

Fleas begin in the great outdoors, even in the nicest yard, and don’t think that simply because you don’t let your pet outside, or it’s only outside for a short while, that fleas won’t find them. Fleas are tiny and can hop amazing distances to get to a warm body for their blood meal, they can ride in on your own body though they don’t generally feed on humans, and encountering another animal that has fleas either on a walk outdoors or even at the veterinarian’s office can infest your pet without it ever setting a paw in the back yard.

In the fall, I use my mower to shred all the leaves on my lawn, but let them fall elsewhere, and I pretty much leave all the plants standing in the garden for the birds to feed on and insects to nest on until spring. I rake and ruffle but leave the mulch and debris under shrubs and in protected spots because wildlife will use this throughout the winter for cover.

Rather than republish the entire article each spring, I link to the main post on this subject. The article includes detailed information, links to resources, and one-page guide sheet you can download to your computer or phone. Click here to read Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Fall Cleanup, Bird Feeding and Fleas.

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One thought on “Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Fall Cleanup, Bird Feeding and Fleas

  • The Hubby runs the mower one time across all the leaves, then we let them fall and stay.
    The front yard needs a big of raking, but the leaves go into the gardens.
    We won’t cut back anything; so many insects use stems to overwinter in, and there are probably seeds that some critter can use as a snack.


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